Fabricated Narratives Exhibition
The discards, stains and damages of life given new meaning and interpretation in 2 and 3D forms, physical and digital media. Many works are for sale, some are experiential and ephemeral. Curated by textile artist, author and gallery director Alysn Midgelow-Marsden.
As part of our human condition, we construct stories to make sense of situations or to push a point of view whether about the past, present or future. These stories tend to reinforce our personal views of our history, what our lives are like, decisions we make, and what we will or won’t achieve in our lives. The artists have been selected for their previous connection to this theme. There is much new science which helps us to understand both the psychology and the philosophy of how and why we construct narratives to help us through life which Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, Helene Carpenter, Di Halstead and Marianda Twydell have investigated as a part of this exhibition.
The participants encompass a variety of backgrounds and experience, including textiles, glass, paint, design, photography, sculpture and book art.
The artists originate from New Zealand, England and Wales and all have a breadth of experience in exhibiting, selling and teaching within their fields of expertise and have found the experience of working more closely and openly with other artists as demanded by this exhibition to be both challenging and rewarding. Their skills have been utilised to create both individual ‘fabricated narratives’ and to collaborate using less familiar techniques and media to create ‘fabricated narratives’ in shared ways.
The challenge thrown to the artists was to create works which examine either their own ‘fabricated narratives’, or to fabricate stories for objects or their remnants. Whether historically accurate or playfully inventive, each work in the exhibition is part of a fabricated story. In addition, the development of the thoughts, the trials and gradually refining of options in the minds of the artists have been recorded in the form of video, social media, notes and samples all of which form a fascinating segment of the exhibition experience.